Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says Gareth Bale future in Real Madrid’s hands
Bale returned to Tottenham for a second spell last summer, signing on a season-long loan from Real Madrid. The 31-year-old endured a slow start to life back in north London but has shown signs of his former self in recent games.
Indeed in his last four games across all competitions, Bale has been directly involved in seven goals (four goals, three assists). His form has led to talks of Real Madrid ready to cash in on him in the summer by offering him on a permanent basis to Tottenham Hotspur once his loan deal runs out. (h/t Express)
Mourinho was asked about such a probability and whether he would want to keep Bale beyond this season, to which the Portuguese replied that any call on his future rests with Real Madrid.
“In relation to that you should contact your colleagues in Madrid and they should ask (Zinedine) Zidane as he is a Real Madrid player. He is not a Tottenham player so Real Madrid have everything in their hands. They have a player with one year of contract and have the power in their hands.”
“We try to take care of the player we have on loan for us but also for the respect we have for the club who loans the player. If you want to ask anything about Gareth’s future ask your colleagues in Madrid to ask Zidane.”
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Bale, over the past couple of seasons, had been out of favour under Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane. He will still have a year left on his deal with the Spanish giants once the ongoing season is over. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Bale and whether he returns to Tottenham for another spell.